Children to get sneak preview of Hive's sustainable green features

Children to get sneak preview of Hive's sustainable green features

14 March 2012

Children and young people from schools across Worcestershire have been invited to a one-off event next week to explore the big ideas behind The Hive as a sustainable building and to explore its future use as a Library and History Centre.

This one day, Learning for Sustainability event will involve talks, hands-on workshops, , tours and stalls from key stakeholders including the architects, construction company Galliford Try, landscape architects and local environmental education related organisations.

The event has been organised by the Learning for Sustainability team at Worcestershire County Council with help from key partners in the project. Students from the University of Worcester will play a key role during the event, filming the pupils in their very own Big Brother style diary room to record their own ideas and thoughts during the day.

Many schools will be walking to the event or will use public transport to reach The Hive, where they will then enjoy a full day of exciting activities. Hands-on workshops will explore The Hive's sustainable features, allowing the children to discover how the River Severn is be used to cool the building using ingenious heat exchange systems. They will also investigate the ideas behind the natural ventilation used in the building and organisers hope that the day will inspire a new generation of sustainable thinkers and designers.

Rupert Brakspear, Learning for Sustainability Officer at Worcestershire County Council said "The event will allow the children to have exciting hands on experience of sustainability features with specific reference to The Hive's design, construction and operation. It will also inspire primary and secondary schools in Worcestershire, to explore the opportunities for future visits".

The Hive's recently awarded cafe contractors Pear Tree will provide a delicious locally sourced lunch for all those attending. This is the first time school pupils will have the opportunity to delve into this iconic five storey building and their experiences will be shared to enthuse other potential users in the near future!

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